Jeni Hansen Gard is the daughter of a nurse and bed and breakfast owner. Her childhood was spent cleaning, making beds, and playing on the shore of Lake Michigan. She is now considered a professional bed-maker but has always much preferred to spend her days outside doing cartwheels. She received her MFA from The Ohio State University in 2015, her MA in Art Education from the University of Florida in 2012, and her BA in Art Education from Hope College in 2007. Jeni was the recipient of the 2015 MJ Wood- DO GOOD Residency at Red Lodge Clay Center and recently completed a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. She is pursuing her research interest in ethnobotany (the human plant relationship) and exploring the ceramic vessel as a form of social art practice. Jeni is navigating life’s adventures with her husband and fellow ceramicist Forrest Sincoff Gard. Forrest recently completed his MFA degree at Louisiana State University and is currently the assistant editor for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.